IMO, the only smart thing Trump ever did was appoint Mike Pence as VP. It’s why he won’t get impeached. It’s why the Democrats are so reluctant to do it, even though the GOP subtly encourage it.

If he’d have picked Christie or Romney or Ryan for VP, it would be a different story.  He’d be out already. 

The modern far-right have a lot in common with Jihadis in that their sexual desperation has been used to radicalise them online. The Brexit and Trump campaigns have been their training camps: the equivalent of a few weeks in some desert barracks shooting an AK-47 into an old mattress. Imagine the adrenaline surge of feeling responsible for a huge election upset. And then they have to go back to normal life. A life where during the 10 minutes they had their picture up on Tinder it was left-swiped so many times they got whiplash due to voodoo. Where they look like Joseph Merrick carried a photograph of their face in his wallet as an appetite suppressant. Where their mail-order bride heard who she was being delivered to and chewed off her toes just so she had something to block up the air holes in her crate. And so they channel their energy back into the trenches of hate that now pass for political discourse, to where they feel safe and newly empowered. There’s never been a better time to be wrong.
—  Frankie Boyle

This is how you normalise Nazism. 

It’s NOT normal. It has never been normal. 

It doesn’t matter how ‘trendy’ they are, they stay the same. They’re the same genocidal murderers they always have been and always will be. 

To see a major outlet trying to spin them into this new hip and cool image is normalising it, plain and simple. It’s helping them slather on that fresh new coat of paint meant to hide the horror beneath the finish, to make it marketable to more and more people until eventually they have a stranglehold. 

To willingly act like this is to erase history and put thousands of people in danger.

It’s shameful, it’s absurd and most of all it is incredibly dangerous.

On the list of “things that should never EVER be put on television, ever”, this is pretty damn near the top of the list. And this, by the way, is why on hate speech I take the Jeremy Waldron “Dignity and Defamation: The Visibility of Hate” approach of not giving them a platform, period.

Because guess what? You now just signaled to anti-Semitics everywhere that “are Jews people” is a matter of debate. And that’s about a million types of fucked up.

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Trump spars with CNN at news conference, calls it “fake news”

  • Trump got into a verbal scuffle with CNN on live TV Wednesday, when he refused to allow a reporter from the news organization to ask a question.
  • Trump was responding to the explosive report CNN published Tuesday night alleging that Russia has compromising information that could be used to blackmail the president-elect.
  • “I am not going to give you a question,” Trump yelled at CNN reporter Jim Acosta. “You are fake news.”
  • Acosta didn’t back down: “Since you are attacking our organization, can you give us a chance?” to which Trump spit back “No” before moving on.
  • Trump took a large chunk of his news conference — his first since July — to attack CNN and BuzzFeed. Read more

Trump finally concedes that Russia was behind hacks, but minimizes its culpability

  •  Trump for the first time publicly admitted on Wednesday that he believes the cyberattacks against the DNC were carried out by the Russians.
  • “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” Trump said at his news conference on Wednesday — a conclusion U.S. intelligence officials came to months ago, which Trump publicly cast doubt on multiple times.
  • But he also sought to minimize Russia’s role.“I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people,” Trump said. Read more